Slimming World staff go back to school for Learning at Work Week 2017
‘How to host an effective brainstorm’, ‘How to make a healthy pudding’ and ‘How to produce a top-selling magazine’ were just some of the ‘curious and creative’ classes on offer to Slimming World employees in Derbyshire this week, as they celebrated Learning at Work Week 2017.
The Alfreton-based company took part in Campaign for Learning’s annual event for the first time, which runs nationally in May each year. The week aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work and this year has the theme ‘Curious and Creative’. Getting behind the event, Slimming World organised their own fun and interactive learning sessions to help employees get creative, satisfy their curiosity on a range of topics and boost their development in the workplace.
The ten voluntary workshops, which were organised for the company’s 330 head office employees to attend for free, were delivered by fellow staff from Slimming World’s Writing, Design, Warehouse, Digital, Magazine and many other head office teams. These teams create, manage and distribute materials to support Slimming World’s 900,000 members and 4,500 Consultants who are trained on-site.
"Here at Slimming World, we jump at the chance to celebrate innovation and creativity, so this year’s theme was just perfect – and many of the sessions were booked up in just a few hours!"
More unusual sessions on offer included a demonstration on ‘how to perfect the perfect Slimming World pudding’ by Slimming World’s Catering Manager, Ruth Butler. Staff enjoyed the workshop in Slimming Word’s restaurant, which serves up healthy, homemade dishes to its employees, Consultants and visitors every week, and produces more than 100,000 dishes each year. Employees also enjoyed a hair-styling workshop run by Hair & Beauty at Slimming World’s salon manager Victoria Hallam, who heads up the salon, which is based on-site and open to the public.
Slimming World Head of Talent, Learning and Organisational Development, Lyn Green, says: “When we heard about Campaign for Learning’s event, we knew it would be something our staff employees would love. We’re really passionate about finding ways for our people to grow and develop and this was a fantastic opportunity to help them to help and learn from each other. Here at Slimming World, we jump at the chance to celebrate innovation and creativity, so this year’s theme was just perfect – and many of the sessions were booked up in just a few hours!
“This is the first year we’ve got involved in the campaign but it certainly won’t be the last. Everyone absolutely loved both taking part in the sessions and delivering them too. Giving our employees the chance to learn and shine in their roles is so important to all of us at Slimming World.”
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Full list of sessions
An overview of the Agile project management methodology
How to style your hair using a styling tool (eg. GHD straighteners)
Magazine from concept to print
Simultaneous coaching session
Overview of the Warehouse Management System
The ego states and our writing style
How the Digital team ‘warm up’ in meetings including ice-breakers and brainstorming
What it means to work in Digital
Slimming World pudding demo
The Slimming World brand
Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell (OBE, FRSA) in 1969. There are now more than 18,000 groups held weekly across the UK and Republic of Ireland via a network of 4,000 community-based Slimming World Consultants, who receive specific training in the role of diet and physical activity in weight management, as well as sophisticated behaviour-change techniques.
Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, Food Optimising, is based on the science of satiety and energy density. Our phased activity programme, Body Magic, eases members into activity until it becomes an intrinsic part of their daily routine. The principles behind Slimming World’s philosophy are based on a deep understanding of the challenges faced by overweight people and a recognition that those who struggle with weight carry a double burden, the weight itself and a burden of guilt and shame about their weight. Slimming World’s programme integrates practical, up-to-date advice with a highly developed support system based on care and compassion, and Consultant training focuses on facilitating behaviour change in a warm and friendly group environment. Consultant training is delivered through the Slimming World Academy. Slimming World also invests in a comprehensive research programme to develop its support for long-term weight management. The group support provided by Slimming World is recognised as effective by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the NHS.
For more information about Slimming World’s approach visit www.slimmingworld.co.uk or call 0344 897 8000.
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